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What the New Nutrition Guidelines Mean for You


Nutrition, Wellness

Every five years, the United States government (USDA and HHS) releases a new set of recommendations that reflect current data on healthy eating and exercise.  Since 1980, the guidelines have promoted healthy lifestyle choices to help reduce the risk of chronic diseases, like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Recently, the eighth edition of the Dietary Guidelines were released.  The new guidelines focus more on healthy eating patterns, instead of individual food groups.  Remember the food guide pyramid? Here are the five main points to the guidelines: Follow a healthy eating pattern across the lifespan. Focus on variety, nutrient density, and amounts. Limit calories from added sugars and saturated fats, and reduce sodium intake. Shift to healthier … Continue reading

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Mary Kucirek RD, LMNT, CDE

Nutrition Facts And Myths


Nutrition, Wellness

Here are some common thoughts on nutrition.  See if you can guess whether the statement is a fact or myth. People living with Type 2 Diabetes should avoid foods with sugar. MYTH: While sugary foods can raise blood glucose levels, moderation is the key. Eating too much sugar will raise blood glucose too high. The secret lies in monitoring what you eat, knowing target blood glucose levels, following a consistent carbohydrate meal plan and balancing with physical activity to achieve goals.  The majority of an individual’s sodium intake is added at the table. MYTH: About 75% of dietary sodium comes from processed foods, with a more modest amount derived from the salt shaker. Carrying extra weight with a higher BMI (Body Mass Index) … Continue reading

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Toni Kuehneman

Celebrate Food Day: October 24, 2013


Wellness

Every year in October, our country celebrates Food Day.  According to the Food Day website, “Food Day is a nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.”  When I think of Food Day, the sound bite:“fresh is best” comes to mind. But recent studies reveal that processing or cooking some foods increase their nutritional benefits. While many folks enjoy the garden fresh tomato for its delicious taste, dietitians also know it as a source of vitamin C, potassium, and lycopene.  Many garden tomatoes are canned or processed into tomato sauce or salsa.  Did we lose the nutrients in the canning or cooking process?  While most of the vitamin C is lost, heat increases the available lycopene content.  Heating … Continue reading

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Toni Kuehneman

Spring Clean your Food Choices


Wellness

March is National Nutrition Month. This year is more special because it is the 40th anniversary of the yearly nutrition and education campaign. Since I have worked as a Registered Dietitian for 21 years, I just realized that I have been involved in the campaign for just over half of those 40 years. This year’s theme is: “Eat Right, Your way, Every Day”. This theme encourages personalized healthy eating styles. It recognizes that food preferences, lifestyle, cultural and ethnic traditions, and health concerns impact individual food choices. With this theme in mind, I have a few tips: Choose healthy foods that you enjoy. Fresh foods are nutrient rich. Choose foods for your lifestyle. Are you an athlete, vegetarian, person with … Continue reading

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Toni Kuehneman

Are you a “Seefood” Eater?


Wellness

The title is not a spelling error.  This blog is not about eating seafood (although I encourage you to enjoy seafood at least twice a week).  It is about food cravings and some tips to manage them. A “seefood” eater is a characteristic of many Americans.  News reports have followed Americans throughout the day.  We see an American at work that enjoys lunch, and then one hour later sees some food in the employee resource area.  Seeing food, he or she will decide to eat the food just because it is present.  Some people will comment that it is too difficult to resist the food or they have a craving for it. Do you “seefood” and immediately just take it?  … Continue reading

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